Every autumn, communities call upon contractors to prepare their trees for winter's whipping winds. Dead or overhanging tree limbs can pose safety risks to both buildings and their residences if brought down in a storm, leading home and property owners to schedule visits from tree removal professionals.
If your work involves cutting trees, either seasonally or year-round, you undoubtedly rely on a chainsaw. One of the most efficient and productive portable power tools in the industry, chainsaws can also be one of the most dangerous if used improperly. To reduce your risk of injury, as well as boost your productivity, heed these safety procedures next time you work with a chainsaw:
Before you begin
Before turning your saw on, check to make sure the controls, chain tension and all bolts and handles are functioning and adjusted properly. When adding fuel to your chainsaw, make sure you are at least 10 feet away from any possible source of ignition, which can include damaged power lines or spark-throwing construction activities.
While you work
One of the most basic, yet nonetheless important, ways to avoid an accident with a chainsaw is to maintain a secure grip and solid footing while operating the tool. No matter where the branch you are cutting may be, never cut directly overhead. It is always better to reposition yourself to find a better angle than to risk being struck by a falling limb. If you will be carrying the saw from one cutting location to another over a distance of more than 50 feet or over hazardous terrain, always turn off the engine or engage the chain brake.
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